These days, many people opt for fast-food options because they say they don’t have enough time in the day to prepare healthy meals. Whether it be snacking on sugary treats in front of the TV or grabbing processed snacks on the go, you need to consider what the foods you choose to eat are doing to your body and the environment before buying them. Slowing down and dedicating yourself to eating fresher, local food can do you a world of good.
Eating sensibly and seasonally doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money, either (read on to find out how). Here are some of the reasons why I choose to follow a SLOW food diet and why you should consider becoming part of the slow food nation too.
1. Seasonal food is more nutritious
Eating in-season food means it’s fresher and contains more nutrients, which your body needs to stay in top form. This means is a reduced risk of many preventable, diet related diseases such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. What’s more, consuming nutritionally dense in-season food helps to maintain a healthy body weight. The simple fact is that healthier food choices help to ensure you live better and longer.
2. Slow food is better for you
One of the most amazing things about slow food is that it’s produced with care by local farmers. With a commitment to keep things as healthy and natural as possible, you can be confident that their fresh food offerings are always free from chemicals, preservatives, and genetic modifications. That means we’re assured of better and tastier food that’s been grown by people who understand the importance of quality produce. Next time you shop for food, think twice about adding food to your shopping cart that isn’t locally sourced.
3. You can save money
Believe it or not, seasonal slow food is actually cost-effective. Buying in-season food means less refrigeration, less transport, less irradiation of produce and no need for international imports. Without the added refrigeration and transportation expenses, you can enjoy lower costs as the consumer. The real bonuses of buying locally for me is the reassurance of knowing where my food comes from and that I can save money in the long-term while enhancing my overall health.
4. More environmentally-friendly
Eating slow means eating organic, or food that is free from pesticides and chemicals, making them more environmentally-friendly than conventionally farmed foods. When the slow movement started, the aim was to protect clean, fair trade and environmentally-friendly food. When you choose to eat slow, the demand for out-of-season and imported produce is reduced, so you’re doing your bit for the environment.
5. Supports local producers
It’s essential to support your local producers to strengthen local economies and help your community to flourish. I love knowing that my goods have only travelled a short distance from the farm to my home and my support helps to ensure my community farms will still be there tomorrow. Consider using crops that your local farmers need to produce for healthier soil, along with high-demand crops, to make an even bigger impact.
6. It’s convenient
One of the common misconceptions about buying organic and following the slow food movement is that it’s difficult to obtain. However, luckily for us Australians, we don’t even have to leave the comfort of our own homes to do a slow food shop. There are reliable and convenient online stores that do all the leg work for you while supporting local producers.
I’ve recently discovered Aussie Farmers Direct which is a fantastic, cost effective place to shop for locally grown fruit, vegetables, dairy produce and lots of other grocery items too. Their ordering system is super simple and they home deliver to your door Australia wide (free delivery for orders over $25).